Past & Present – Karnataka – Tour

Past & Present – Karnataka – Tour Packages
Karnataka’s history dates back to the 3rd Century BC.The Succession of able administrations from the Hoysalas, Chalukyas and the mighty Vijayanagars rulers, to the arrival of the Mughals in the 17th century and the British in the 18th Century have contributed to the mix of culture and heritage that is as rich as it is ancient.

Day – 1   Bangalore
Mumabi / Bangalore – Arrival at Bangalore airport. Meet and assist and transfer to hotel. After relaxation take a sightseeing trip to Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Vidhana Soudha.Overnight at Bangalore.

Day – 2   Bangalore
After breakfast take a sight seeing trip in and around Bangalore.Bangalore often referred to as ‘ The Garden City ‘ for its numerous parks and avenues of jacaranda,gulmohar and cassia is the sixth largest and one of the cleanest cities in India. Hiring a car is the ideal way to visit some of the attractions listed below.

(1) Cubbon Park & Museum  (2) Bull Temple (3) City Market (4) Fort & Tipu Sultan’s Palace and (5) Ulsoor Lake.

Overnight at Bangalore.

Day – 3   Bangalore – Mysore
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Mysore.A centre of sandalwood carving, silk and incense production, 159 Km southwest of Bangalore, Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar Rajas, is one of South India’s most -visited places. Mysore is a charming, old fashioned and undoubting town, dominated by the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace.

A after lunch and relaxation, we will visit Maharaja’s Palace. Designed in the hybrid Indo-Saracenic style by Henry Irwin, the British consultant architect of Madras state. Overnight at Mysore.

Day – 4    Mysore
Day for sightseeing in and around Mysore, Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallary, St.Philomena’s Cathedral, Chamundi Hill, Brindavan Gardens.

Day – 5    Mysore
After breakfast proceed to visit Srirangapattna, summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is an island fortress encircled by river Cauvery, High stone walls and moats enclose temples, palaces and a great mosque. Tipu Sultan’s Srirangapatnam was largely destroyed by British, but parts of the fort area in the northwest survive, including gates.ramparts, arsenals, the grim dungeons (where chained British prisoners were allegedly forced to stand neck-deep in water) and the domed and minareted Jami Masjid mosque.

Day – 6    Mysore – Hassan
After leisurely breakfast leave for Hassan.On arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation drive to Halebid, about 32 km away from Hassan.Halebid is one of Karnataka’s open secrets. There’s nothing to do in Halebid except walk around the temples, admire the carvings, and breathe deeply. The main attraction is the Hoysaleswara Temple, which actually comprises two temples joined by a single platform. The second temple is the Shantaleswara Temple. Together they took roughly 100 years to build and are still incomplete. Overnight at Hassan.

Day – 7     Hassan – Hampi
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Hampi.The ruined city of Vijayanagar (the City of Victory)-also known as Hampi.Hampi is a historical site scattered with ruins and excavations – a strange landscape suffused by silence and austerity. As the capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagara, which reached its zenith under the rule of Krishnadeva Raya between 1509 and 1529,Hampi was a beautiful city in its prime. By evening we will enter the vicinity of Hampi, one sees massive boulders in the largely rocky landscape, balanced on or against others in seemingly precarious positions. Overnight at Hampi.

Day – 8     Hampi
Morning sightseeing tour of Hampi, one of the most ruined cities of India. Although spread over 26 Sq.kms, the ruins of Vijayanagar are mostly concentrated in two distinct groups: the first lies in and around Hampi Bazaar and the nearby riverside area, encompassing the city’s most sacred enclave of temples and ghats; the second centers on the royal enclosure-3 km south of the river, just northwest of Kamalapuram village-which holds the remains of palaces, pavilions, elephant stables, guard houses and temples. Be prepared for some amount of walking. Hiring a cycle is the ideal way to visit some of the attractions listed below.

(1) Hampi Bazaar (2) Virupaksha temple (3) Museum and (4)Achutaraya Temple. Overnight at Hampi.

Day – 9     Hampi
After leisurely breakfast leave to visit Royal enclosure. The most impressive remains of Vijayanager, the city’s royal monuments, lie some 3km south of Hampi Bazaar, spread over a large expanse of open gorund. Before tackling the ruins proper, it’s a good idea to get your bearing with a visit to the small Archeological Museum at Kamalapuram.Then explore the ruined city on your way. Overnight at Hampi.

Day – 10     Hampi – Badami
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Badami.On arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation visit the Cave Temples.Badami’searliest monuments, in the Southern Fort area, are a group of sixth century caves cut into the hill’s red sandstone, each connected by steps leading up the hillside. Of the four caves, the first three are Vedic caves reserved for Shiva and Vishnu while the fourth contains several Jain deities and huge idol of Parshwanatha.Overnight at Badami.

Day – 11      Badami – Hyderabad
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Hyderabad.On arrival transfer to the hotel.

Andhra Pradesh is the largest state in South India and occupies a great swathe of land, stretch for over 1200 km align the coast from Orissa to Tamilnadu and reaching far inland from the fertile delta of the Godavari and Krishna rivers to the semi-arid Decan Plateau, it’s not a place that receives many tourists. The state capital, Hyderabad, although run-down in parts, is an undoubtedly atmospheric city dating from the late sixteenth century. Its endless bazaars, eclectic Salar Jung museum and the mighty Golconda Fort nearby make it an enticing place to spend a day or two. Outlying areas are home to the modern hi-tech company offices. By contrast, the adjacent twin city of Secunderabad excels only in characterlessness.

A melting pot of Muslim and Hindu cultures, the capital of Andhra Pradesh comprises the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, with a combines population of around six million. Secunderabad, of little interest to visitors, is the modern administrative city found by the British, whereas Hyderabad, the old city, with its teeming bazars, Muslim monuments andSalar Jung Museum has far more character.

Day free to explore on own. Overnight stay at Hyderabad.

Day – 12      Hyderabad
After breakfast take a sight seeing trip in and around Hyderabad.Sight seeing in Hyderabad includes Salar Jung Museum, Charminar, Lad Bazaar and the Mecca Masjid.Overnight at Hyderabad.

Day – 13      Hyderabad

Day free for explore Hyderabad. We will visit:

1) Hussain Sagar, the large expanse of water separating Hyderabad from Decunderabad, lends a welcome air of tranquility to the busy conurbation. Optionally you can hire a luxury boat cruise in the lake.

2) Golconda Fort and the tombs of the Qutb Shahi kings – The capital of the Qutb Shahi Sultans in the 16th century, Golconda, located about 8 kms from Hyderabad is rich in historical monuments which include the famous Golconda Fort.

Overnight at Hyderabad.

Day – 14      Hyderabad
Day free for explore Ramoji Film City – A 2000-acre site full of wide and wonderful film sets, 35 km from Hyderabad; the site features luxury hotels, themed restaurants, Japanese gardens, airports, railway stations and palaces. Overnight at Hyderabad.

Day – 15      Hyderabad/Mumbai – – ONWARD DESTINATION
After leisurely breakfast leave for Hyderabad/ Mumbai and drop at airport for your flight to onward destination.